Dr. Andrew Wood
Office: HGH 210; phone: (408) 924-5378
Email: wooda@email.sjsu.edu
Web: http://www.sjsu.edu/faculty/wooda

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Fluid Locales: Airport Culture

Readings: Wood (summary authored by Jonathan Bunting)

Supplemental Readings: Murphy and Gottdiener

This week we conclude our discussion of fluid locales by exploring the changing role of airports in public life. Once a rare way-station for the wealthy, airports have become a means for most Americans to travel at least once in their lives. More intriguingly, though, airport innovations have begun to restructure the cities around them - crafting a seamless environment we will call 'omnitopia.' What are the structures and practices of omnitopia? What are the aesthetic and rhetorical markers of this sense of ubiquitous place? And who may inhabit this locale? The study of omnitopia provides an appropriate finale for this course because of its paradoxical implication that the age of mobility might just craft a culture where no one moves at all.

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